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ROCKLIN -Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, today presented Sunset Ranch Elementary School in Rocklin with a $5,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians.

Gaines nominated the Rocklin school for the grant, which will be used to purchase science lab equipment and materials, art supplies and library books.

“I am happy to present this much-deserved check to Sunset Ranch Elementary and commend them for their hard work to promote and support science, technology and the arts,” Gaines said. “These library books, science and art materials will be valuable and educational tools.”

Sunset Ranch is a brand new school in a growing section of Placer County.ย  The school was expected to open with 14 or 15 classes, and by August 2010, the student body had reached 19 classes.ย  New students have been added every month since.

Principal Jim Trimble said the grant comes at a much-needed time for the school. “We are very excited about the grant and want to thank Assemblywoman Gaines tremendously,” Trimble said. “The grant will be used in areas that our kids really need to focus on. We are doing things here that no one else has done in the State of California and we are just very excited.”

The Barona Education Grant is awarded to one school in each legislative district. Schools must apply for the grant and have the official endorsement of a state legislator.”Sunset Ranch is actively involved in the neighborhood and community, and works hard to prepare each of its students for a productive life in our changing world,” Gaines said. “I am excited to see the progress they are making as leaders in science, technology, math and arts in California.”ย ย 

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